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MURPHY, ESTY, BLUMENTHAL, LARSON REINTRODUCE WILD & SCENIC BILL TO PROTECT LOWER FARMINGTON RIVER

Posted on March 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2017 WASHINGTON – Building on a nearly decade-long, community-driven effort, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative John Larson (CT-1), reintroduced their Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act to create a […]

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Updated Farmington River Canoe and Kayak Put-ins and Take-outs

Posted on September 1, 2016

Summer interns at the Farmington River Watershed Association have updated and enhanced information on canoe and kayak put-ins and take-outs on the Farmington River. Whether you use a hard copy of the Farmington River Guide or the website’s “River Info” version, and want to take advantage of the updates, you will need to visit the […]

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Political Leaders Continue Push for Lower Farmington River Protective Designation

Posted on July 26, 2016

  By Tim Jensen – Farmington Patch – July 21, 2016 FARMINGTON, CT — A quartet of Connecticut legislators are continuing their fight to create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook. In a letter addressed to leaders of the Energy Policy Modernization Act conference committee, Sen. Chris Murphy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, […]

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Rock snot a pain for fishermen 

Posted on June 30, 2016

BY KATHRYN BOUGHTON Republican-American BARKHAMSTED — There are some distinctions not worth having. Such is the case in Barkhamsted, where an entirely new organism — slimy and obnoxious to anglers — has been discovered in the west branch of the Farmington River. Mike Beauchene, a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection biologist, and Diba […]

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Ten Years On, Lower Farmington River May Receive Protected Status

Posted on April 27, 2016

WNPR Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News and Ideas  By DAVIS DUNAVIN Lower Farmington River, located in northwestern Connecticut, may finally receive “Wild and Scenic” designation under the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. CREDIT BRENT SODERBERG / FLICKR A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives would designate Connecticut’s lower Farmington River as “wild and […]

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Senate votes to protect lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook

Posted on April 20, 2016

by Ana Radelat Washington – The Senate on Tuesday voted to give National Park Service protection to the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook, Connecticut waterways that would be given a “wild and scenic river” designation. The Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act was approved on a 97-0 vote as an amendment […]

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Didymo Update

Posted on April 7, 2016

Susan C. Peterson Environmental Analyst 3 Watersheds/Lakes/NPS Program Planning & Standards Division Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127 P: 860.424.3854|E: Susan.Peterson@ct.gov www.ct.gov/deep  Conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and environment; Ensuring a clean, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy supply. Watershed Management […]

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Presumed dead, wild Atlantic salmon return to the Connecticut River. Biologists discover first salmon spawning since Revolutionary War, drawing new attention to canceled restoration program

Posted on February 27, 2016

February 23, 2016 5:00AM ET by Nate Schweber/Al Jazeera America By the fall of 2015, the salmon of the Connecticut River were supposed to be doomed. The silvery fish that once swam the Northeast’s longest river, 407 miles from the mountains of New Hampshire to Long Island Sound, went extinct because of dams and industrial […]

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Salmon Found Spawning In Farmington River Watershed For First Time in Centuries

Posted on December 25, 2015

by Gregory B. Hladky, Hartford Courant State wildlife experts have now documented wild Atlantic salmon laying eggs in nests in their traditional Farmington River valley spawning grounds, possibly for the first time in centuries. “It’s the first time since probably the Revolutionary War,” said Peter Aarrestad, director of inland fisheries for the state Department of […]

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Wild and Scenic Status for Farmington River Progresses in Congress

Posted on November 19, 2015

by Ken Byron, Hartford Courant A push to get the federal “wild and scenic” designation for the lower stretch of the Farmington River — and the assistance that comes with it — was approved by a Senate committee Thursday. U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy said the Senate’s energy and natural resources committee approved legislation he introduced that […]

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